Fair Assault Death COURTESY

Police activity seen from the Ferris wheel at The Great Frederick Fair shortly after the deadly assault in September.

After a daylong hearing Friday in the case of a 15-year-old boy charged in last year’s fatal assault at The Great Frederick Fair, a judge will wait until next week to announce whether the teen will be tried as an adult.

Sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors have indicated the 15-year-old delivered the final blow in the assault that killed 59-year-old Mount Airy resident John Weed on Sept. 20 and the juvenile faces charges of manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

The teen’s older brother was also charged with two counts of second-degree assault: one for the initial assault on Weed and another for spitting on Weed after he fell to the ground, according to previous stories published in The Frederick News-Post. Prosecutors filed motions against both boys arguing that they should be tried as adults.

Earlier this week, Judge Julie Stevenson Solt announced her decision not to move the 16-year-old’s case to adult court, and Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. heard arguments in the 15-year-old’s case in a sealed courtroom for most of the day Friday, according to a press release issued by the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office shortly after 7 p.m.

Closing arguments lasted until 6:35 p.m. and Nicklas told attorneys he would issue his decision by the end of next week, the release states.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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When this young man gets through this misunderstanding..Hopefully he can continue his pursuit of College and then Medical School.

The Grape of Wrath

We must not play the race card. These little black boys should get the same charges and sentences as handed out to the little rich white frat boys who killed their indoctrinees through alcohol and hazing. There was no intent to kill there, either. But do not play the race card.

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